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Lexus RX450h: But it's got a great personality. No, really

By Scott Sturgis, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Automotive News

Lexus RX450h AWD: If something big, fancy, expensive and comparatively fuel efficient fits the bill. ...

Price: $58,490 as tested. Blind-spot monitor with panoramic view and rear cross-traffic braking, $1,865; cold-weather package, $315; 20-inch wheels, $1,130; moonroof, $1,850; more noted below.

Conventional wisdom: Motor Trend says that it's "the best RX you can buy" and that "it's a little more expensive than the non-hybrid, but the driving experience and fuel economy are more than worth it."

Marketer's pitch: "Experience amazing."

Reality: ... the Rx450h does all that — and tows 3,500 pounds.

What's new: The large two-row SUV from Lexus gets a new Premium Package and Android Auto and Google Assistant for the 2020 model year.

 

The company also makes the RX450H L, which is a three-row version of the same vehicle.

Outside of that, you're looking at pretty much the same angry-scowling, Norelco Microscreen-looking SUV that's been out there since the 2016 model year. And, no, it's not getting prettier for 2021; sorry, but at least the hybrid saves you gas money (though you would have already spent it on the hybrid drive option).

Up to speed: The 3.5-liter V-6 creates 308 horsepower and is twinned with Lexus hybrid drive. Acceleration is hopping; Toyota reports a 0-60 time of 7.9 seconds not a rocket, but not bad for a largish SUV.

Three motors power the all-wheel-drive model, while just two are there in the front-wheel drive — one for each drive axle and one for accessories.

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